Road to Sub-15 Second Averages

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Here we present some ideas as to how to break 15 seconds consistently with the Fridrich method. This is not the only way. These steps are just recommendations.

Using the Fridrich Method

Reaching 15-second averages may be obtained via the following tips -- to be performed in chronological order.

Slower than 60 seconds:

  1. Beginner's Method
    • First learn how to solve the 3x3x3 cube using a tutorial, such as one in the Beginner's Methods section.
      • Tip: Solve with your cross on the bottom , not the top. It will help you out later.
      • Tip: Start out with being color neutral. Being color neutral means that you can solve starting on any color side equally.

Sub-60 (Faster than 60 seconds):


  1. Learn 2-look OLL algorithms.
  2. Learn 2-look PLL algorithms.


  1. Learn to do the First Two Layers (F2L) efficiently.
    • Use a tutorial, such as J perm's videos on YouTube.
    • Your times will temporarily get worse, but after a few weeks of practicing, they will rapidly become better.
    • Practice F2L -- practice a lot. There is no way around F2L, and you will have to master it to get very fast.


  1. Learn full (1-look) PLL.
    • 21 algorithms to learn.
    • At this point, consider buying good cubes that are used by world class speedcubers. These include Gan 354M, Yuxin Huanglong 3x3x3M and weilong GTS3M.


  1. Learn full (1-look) OLL.
    • 57 algorithms. Don't learn them too quickly, otherwise recognition will be impeded upon. But don't learn them too slowly; try to learn consistently. Steady, slow or fast, will always win the race.
  2. Look into advanced F2L techniques, such as the extended cross (also known as X-cross), or other extensions to the Fridrich Method, such as COLL, Winter Variation, etc.

External links

For a more detailed description that closely parallels the one above, refer to one of the following pages written by members of the Speedsolving forum: